16th– 17th November 2017
Theme: Opening minds: Research for Sustainable Development
Open University Research Sessions in 2017 (OURS 2017) was organized by the Senate Sub- Committee of OUSL on OURS 2017 chaired by Prof. G.W.A.R. Fernando, the Chairman of the Sub- Committee and the Director/ Research.
The Chief Guest for the inaugural sessions was Prof Sarath Kotagama, Senior Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Colombo who gave the key note address while the Guest of Honour was Dr. Chandra Embuldeniya, the former Vice- Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University. The activities of OURS 2017 commenced on the 17th November 2017 with the inauguration at 9.00 a.m. in the Conference Hall of the University. The presentation on ‘Opening minds: Research for Sustainable Development‘ by Prof Kotagama was well received by the audience while Dr. Embuldeniya gave some useful insights into the role the OUSL can play in the area of tertiary education.
For oral presentation in the Conference, 147 abstracts and extended abstracts were received for review of which 108 were selected following a rigorous peer review process based on originality of work, significance to contemporary society and clarity for the purpose of the Conference. Important outcome of the Conference is the publication of Book of extended abstracts that were accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings.
The abstracts covered a wide range of academic and scientific disciplines. Among them are Open and Distance Learning, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Management, Law & Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.